twilight breaking dawn 1 090911 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn   Part 1' reviews: What to expect when Bella's expectingAt midnight Thursday (Nov. 17), the next installment in the “Twilight” saga hits theaters. “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” is kind of a watershed event for Twi-hards (Yes, aLL “Twilight” installments are watershed moments for Twi-hards): we know that Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) finally marry, sealing their love for all eternity, and Bella, against all odds, becomes pregnant with a vampire baby. Also, Taylor Lautner at some point inevitably takes his shirt off.

Anyhow, how are critics reacting to the latest, penultimate chapter in the “Twilight” saga? We’ve gathered a few early opinions:

“What we learn in this all-pain/no-pleasure episode is that marriage feels like a life sentence, weddings are miserable events, honeymoon sex is dangerous and leaves a bride covered in bruises, and pregnancy is a torment that leads to death in exchange for birth.”Lisa Schwarzbaum for EW

“Years have passed for fans waiting to get to this moment, the inarguably gorgeous, wildly over the top nuptials of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, and here, Part 1 doesn’t disappoint.”Alynda Wheat for People

“I lived a thousand lifetimes watching it, and died a thousand deaths. (The worst one was when Edward looked up “immortalicum” on Yahoo! search. On Yahoo! Search!)” — Dan Kois for The Village Voice.

“…the latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing — yes, I surrendered — love story.”Manohla Dargis for the New York Times

“…a significant number of its 117 minutes do seem like hours, and whenever certain actors take the lead and set the pace of the dialogue, time itself begins to crawl backward and the breaking dawn begins to feel like yesterday’s breaking dawn, or last Tuesday’s.”Michael Phillips for the Chicago Tribune

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson